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SOMA Film Festival Announces Schedule for Inaugural Kids Program

Notorious Corn
Mouse for Sale

This year the SOMA Film Festival is excited to present the inaugural “Kids Program” at Maplewood Theater on Sunday, March 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Kids Program will show short animated and narrative films, including some local talent for children ages 4 to 10 and their parents. 

"As a member of the community, and a father of an 8 year old daughter I wanted to bring the excitement of movies to kids and their parents so we've worked hard to make this an experience for one and all to enjoy," said SOMA Film Festival director Matt Smollon.

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As an added bonus, all audience members will receive delicious and free treats provided by The Able Baker, a sponsor of this years’ film festival.

Tickets are only $10 and available at


At the Fork – 2:25

Directed by John Papola, Animated by Sean Lattrell*

Executive produced and composed by musical icon Dave Matthews, we take a heartfelt look at how to make the earth a better place for its second citizens, the animals.

Good Morning – 1:15

Directed by David B. Levy

A catchy tune by R.M. Charde accompanies a story of a monster that helps a child greet the new day with gusto.

Light Sleeper – 5:30

Directed by Robin Sindler*

Each morning, 6 year-old Hazel wakes up outside her house but when punished the mystery is soon solved.

Edwina the Dinosaur – 9:05

Directed by Pete List

Based on the book by legendary children’s book author Mo Willems who also acts as the voiceover artist, a dinosaur lives joyfully among a group of children with the exception of one wayward boy tries to convince her she should be extinct.

Perfect Houseguest – 1:35

Directed by Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata

A clean, organized, well-mannered and tiny guest visits a house.

Henriyeti - 2:01

Produced by 2Tall Animation

Meet Henriyeti! She may look like any girl walking down the street, but in some ways she's different. She's big and strong and beautiful. Every day she loves the ways she's different.

I am a Paleontologist – 2:33

Directed by Sean McBride

Performed by indie rock pioneers “They Might Be Giants,” we take a musical journey through the lives and important work of Paleontologists.  

Underbrush Understudy – 4:43

Directed by Meaghan Horner

A raccoon craves the spotlight of the stage but when his dream doesn’t come true he finds satisfaction in a performance for one boy.

Notorious Corn – 1:20

Directed by Mallory Grolleau

A kernel of corn leaves the cornfields in search of fame but soon realizes the reality the bright lights present.

Moonraker – 4:35

Directed by Fran Krause

A fascinating look at life on the moon through the eyes of a solitary inhabitant that explores the respect one should have for the beings of another world.

Waves from the Sky – 8:38

Directed by Gildardo Santoyo del Castillo

A bird that cannot fly in sync with his flock decides to branch out on his own and finds a friendly sea turtle, which will teach him to connect with rhythm and harmony.    

What’s New Today? - 2:23

Directed by Justin Simonich*

The Library! The library is where you go to read books, magazines, hear stories, or listen to music. The library has so many great things that it makes us want to sing! Sing along to this awesome library jam.

Mouse for Sale – 4:30

Directed by Wouter Bongaerts

A ridiculously large-eared mouse finds a new owner who shares the same anatomic characteristic.

Regalito – 3:24

Directed by Jaime Giraldo

Visually compelling, a mysterious vine sprouts creatures and forms a fluid motion of constant existence.

Runaway – 3:40

Directed by Emily Buchanan, Susan Huen Sin Yung, & Esther Parobek

A charming tale about a misunderstanding between a man and his treasured 1950's refrigerator, named Chillie, that sends him into a whirlwind of emotional turmoil, and as a result, he runs away.

BOT – 1:18

Directed by Seth Boyden    

Out in the universe a robot sides with the aliens over his mean controller.

Rollin’ Safari – 2:54

Directed by Kyra Buschor, Annie Habermehl & Constantin Paplow

A hysterical look at life on the safari if all the animals that inhabit it were shaped like bouncing balls.  

Films and Scheduling Subject to Change Without Notice

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